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  • Redevelopment projects involved single buildings or small housing societies. Since this required taking up many projects to achieve economies of scale, big players were not interested. But a lack of land, rising property prices, and the success of smaller builders has prompted big developers to look at the segment seriously.
Whats In Atul Kochhar: The master of spices

Atul Kochhar: The master of spices

Atul Kochhar transported Benaras to London and made rogan josh a global rage. The Indian born, Michelin star chef talks to BT More about his strategic climb to the top of the culinary ladder. 

Top holiday destinations this spring

Head to these spring favourite destinations and live life, in full bloom.

Simply Fondue

The American chain opens in the capital but leaves much to be desired. Cheese and chocolate lovers can justify a visit if only for a novel dining experience. 
Products New products in the market

New products in the market

Lenovo Thinkpad Helix features an 11.6-inch detachable screen and runs on Windows 8.

Cat on a hot tin roof: Audience has enough to feast its eyes on

In the latest revival of Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prize winning Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, director Rob Ashford's 2013 rendition opened on the night of January 18th at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York and will be staged almost everyday up until the last performance on March 30.

Marc Jacobs explores other media and extends his style repertoire

Having stocked wardrobes around the globe with his stylistic designs, designer Marc Jacobs is exploring other media and extending his style repertoire.

Tracing the evolution of Rolls-Royce' icons

As the Wraith makes a comeback at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, we go back in time and trace the evolution of Rolls-Royce' icons.

Bombardier's Nilesh Pattanayak on his favourite stuff

 Nilesh Pattanayak, MD, South Asia, Bombardier shares his favourite brands.

Can Mercedes mini MPV take on Audi Q3, BMW X1?

Mercedes does not have an entry-level SUV. So, it has come up with the next best recipe - a mini multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) - to take on the likes of the Audi Q3 and the BMW X1. But, can it?

Smarter way to browse on search engine Google

A smarter way to browse on Google can save you a lot of time and effort. Here's how you can channelise those searches and get more than what you're looking for.

Taking a break? Here's how to keep the moolaah flowing in

Taking a few months off between a job change? Here's how you can sit back and use the internet to keep the moolaah flowing in.

Home improvement projects using the solar power

Here's a list of home improvement projects that will let you make the most of this season in the sun.

Noom is a terrific fitness app that combines three key tools to help you stay fit

Noom is a terrific fitness app that combines three key tools to help you stay fit. These include a food tracker, a weight loss planner and an exercise logger.

How to get the right posture during workouts

Lie on your back in front of the band and grab the handles with your arms straight, Bend your hips and knees a little more than 90 degrees and lift your feet off the ground together.

Aquila Pro from Hyosung has heart of a sportsbike

The Aquila Pro from Hyosung has the Cruiser street creed of a cruiser but the heart of a sportsbike.

Five underrated vehicles in premium car segment

When you think premium cars, think BMWs, Audis and Mercedes. Here's a look at five underrated vehicles in this segment.
Features Subrata Roy has started using imported perfume in response to his troubles with the authorities, reports Suveen K Sinha, but the group he has carved in his own image carries on regardless

Subrata Roy has started using imported perfume in response to his troubles with the authorities, reports Suveen K Sinha, but the group he has carved in his own image carries on regardless

Subrata Roy has started using imported perfume in response to his troubles with the authorities, but the group he has carved in his own image carries on regardless.

New arrangement promises to reduce transfer pricing disputes

The new arrangement, called Advance Pricing Agreement (APA), aims to improve clarity in transfer pricing rules and reduce litigation. An APA is a mutual pact between a company and tax authorities that determines in advance the way in which intra-group transactions can be structured.

Will the good times last for Quantum Mutual Fund?

When Ajit Dayal launched the fund house in 2005, he did not chase assets under management, but instead focused sharply on performance and profitability. Quantum's smart approach has seen it reap quick profits though the mutual fund industry is struggling.

How inadequate rail network holds up economic activity

Between India's massive coal and iron ore reserves, and its power stations and steel plants, is a poor railway network. Better railways could spur economic activity and cut import bills. The need to strengthen the rail network is not only urgent but growing fast.

BlackBerry Z10 may not revive its maker's fortunes in India

BlackBerry, second among smartphone makers in 2010 according to CyberMedia Research, has steadily lost market share to Android devices. Many analysts say BlackBerry is going the Nokia way. Nokia, once a global market leader, somehow lost sight of its consumers and was overtaken by Samsung.

The Indian software industry needs to disclose more

As traditional headcount-and-revenues evaluation of IT companies loses relevance, the software industry needs to disclose more.They need to do this for the analyst community to be able to accurately model and forecast revenue and profitability growth.

As opportunities abound, students turn to app development

A new generation of school- and college-going youngsters in India are making apps for mobiles and tablets. A key reason for the boom in the number of young app developers is the support they get from technology companies.

Sahara has inexhaustible ways of gathering public money

Despite a pummeling from regulators and courts, Sahara has inexhaustible ways of gathering public money.

Why blacklisting Finmeccanica will hit India's armed forces

With indigenous development capability still at the nascent stage, blacklisting the Italian company over alleged kickbacks in the AgustaWestland chopper deal would worsen the steady depletion of foreign sources from which weapons can be bought.

Rahul Bajaj on the economy, two-wheeler market

Rahul Bajaj, 74, Chairman of the Rs 28,000-crore Bajaj Group, discusses his companies' performance as well as the state of the country with Govindraj Ethiraj in an exclusive interview on the show Bottomline, which airs on Headlines Today

Winning an Academy Award rarely gives a film a revenue bump in India

With the exception of Avatar and Titanic, both directed by James Cameron, films that have won prestigious Academy Awards have not been very successful in India. Limited theatrical releases are one of the reasons for the poor response in India.
Book Book review: Fallen Angel-The Making and Unmaking of Rajat Gupta

Book review: Fallen Angel-The Making and Unmaking of Rajat Gupta

A racy account of the rise of Rajat Gupta and the insider trading scandal that felled him.
Columns 'Post-crisis global economy will experience a return to large macroeconomic imbalances'

'Post-crisis global economy will experience a return to large macroeconomic imbalances'

Current economic conditions in the US and China imply that the post-crisis global economy will experience a return to large macroeconomic imbalances.

What French president and British PM visits mean for India

What the recent visits, in quick succession, of the French president and the British prime minister, mean for India.

Defence production: Private sector remains a peripheral player

Even a decade after the Indian private sector entered defence production, it remains a peripheral player.

'Tax demand made of Shell India is absurd and harmful'

The tax demand made of Shell India is absurd and harmful.
Leadership Spotlight Abhishek Khaitan shares his leadership style

Abhishek Khaitan shares his leadership style

Abhishek Khaitan, MD, Radico Khaitan admires Ratan Tata.
Money Tips on lending to a family member or friend

Tips on lending to a family member or friend

Make sure lending to a family member or friend does not become a problem later.
Food Five Indian wines for Indian food

Five Indian wines for Indian food

Five Indian wines made in heaven for Indian food.

Miele Guide 2013 enlists Asia's Top 20 restaurants

The Miele Guide 2013 enlists Asia's Top 20 restaurants and also unveils an additional 500 places to eat at.

Restaurant review: Cafe Ludus in MGF Mall

Cafe Ludus in MGF Mall, Saket, recreates the American high-school in its funky ambience and aims to score Straight A's with the food.

Restaurant review: Iredus in Gurgaon

Iredus, the tony foodie hideaway in the corporate heart of Gurgaon, has a couple of tricks up its sleeve.

Fire up the grill, beckon your hungry cronies

Fire up the grill, beckon your hungry cronies and bring the party to your backyard.
Tax All you need to know about the Service tax

All you need to know about the Service tax

It is service tax. You don't know it, but you are paying this tax several times - every day. Slowly and stealthily, it has become an unexpected bonanza for the government.
Focus Can MCX-SX challenge NSE's dominance?

Can MCX-SX challenge NSE's dominance?

Trading on MCX-SX has got off to a quiet start and it could take a year for the new stock exchange to make any impact.

Review: LG ND 8520 and Norton 360 Multi-device

A Multidevice protector and a stylish music dock.

Will Vijay Mallya use his wealth to save Kingfisher Airlines?

Business Today's research shows Vijay Mallya and his family's net worth has almost doubled to more than Rs 8,000 crore in the past year, while the Kingfisher Airlines stock has plunged, wiping out almost two-thirds of investor wealth.

AirAsia's tieup with Tatas will lead to a shakeout in India's aviation sector

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GDP growth forecasts in an uncertain macroeconomic environment can be misleading

GDP forecasts in an uncertain macroeconomic environment can be misleading.  In a space of just 10 months in 2012/13, April to January, the RBI put out four forecasts of GDP.

Inflation at a three-year low: Who said what

The decline in inflation is a welcome and reassuring sign. I expect March-end inflation to be 6.5 per cent, says C. Rangarajan, Chairman, Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council, to Agencies
Careers Variable pay becomes the norm across sectors

Variable pay becomes the norm across sectors

Today, most employees, especially those at managerial levels, find a part of their compensation - which can vary between six and 18 per cent of annual income, listed as variable pay.
Deal Watch Biggest deals in the past 30 days: Thomas Cook to buy 74 pc stake in Ikya

Biggest deals in the past 30 days: Thomas Cook to buy 74 pc stake in Ikya

Thomas Cook (India) Ltd (TCIL), an integrated travel service provider, has acquired a 74 per cent stake in Ikya Human Capital Solutions Pvt Ltd (Ikya), a human resources (HR) staffing solutions company, for approximately Rs 256 crore.
Editors note 'The number of new house projects is falling, and the number of buyers is dwindling'

'The number of new house projects is falling, and the number of buyers is dwindling'

The number of new projects is falling, and the number of buyers is dwindling. People who paid huge sums of money are waiting helplessly to take possession.
Letters Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Your cover story Wanted a Big-Bang Budget (March 3) was a fine analysis of its various aspects. The UPA government has not only failed to continue the India growth story, but has, indeed, brought the GDP growth rate down to five per cent, the lowest in a decade.
Chiaroscuro News that you have missed last fortnight

News that you have missed last fortnight

Production in the auto hub of Gurgaon came to a halt as auto leader Maruti Suzuki and two-wheeler giant Hero MotoCorp shut their plants. The losses due to the strike are estimated at Rs 26,000 crore.
People People who made news last fortnight

People who made news last fortnight

People: Thierry Fremaux, Adam Lawrence
Travel How to cover your nose while sneezing

How to cover your nose while sneezing

Did you know there is a right way and a wrong way to cover your nose as you sneeze? Here's an explainer.
Culture James Turrell's first exhibition at the Guggenheim in New York since 1980

James Turrell's first exhibition at the Guggenheim in New York since 1980

Described by Michael Govan, director of the LA County Museum of Art as an artist whose work is known but rarely seen, 70-year-old James Turrell will be showcasing his first exhibition at the Guggenheim in New York since 1980.

Swan song to swan lake

The film Black Swan was a real clincher for director Darren Aronofsky's career, but it also did a lot for its cast and crew.

How mixers affect blood alcohol levels

A new study on how mixers affect blood alcohol levels has created the ultimate diet-conscious, social drinker's dilemma.